Israel will probably become truly multi-cultural or perish - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Michael
    • 13.04.10 | 10:31 (IDT)

    Israel, all of it basically, is a settler society. Yes, Jews lived there in small numbers during the Arab and Ottoman periods, but modern Israel is the creation of an influx mainly European Jews and Jews from Muslim countries in the last century. It has no very deep roots in the area and little connection with the surrounding societies that have existed for millennia. As Shtrasler so correctly says, the cover the Holocaust gave Zionism has basically expired. That means Israel has two choices: Zimbabwe or South Africa. Israel can continue further along the path of ethnocracy that leads to isolation and eventually defeat. Or it can choose the South Africa route and embrace ALL the cultures within its borders and acknowledge the wrongs done to ALL of them. It would still be a country with a strongly Jewish flavour, but it would also have a strongly Arab and Muslim flavour. I'm not sure there is a third way, unless Islamophobia sweeps Europe and Israel uses the cover to expel Arabs.

    from the article: The Holocaust won't protect Israel forever
    First published 02:46 13.04.10 | Last updated 10:48 13.04.10
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